Healthcare is the biggest employer in Australia. Here’s how to fast track your path into healthcare with a traineeship
Did you know that the health industry employs the largest number of people in Australia? Over 1.8 million people work in healthcare. And while you do need to go to university to become a doctor, surgeon or other health specialist, there are plenty of interesting opportunities for people with VET qualifications in the wellbeing arena.
“In my traineeship I learned about microbiology and how bacteria affects the human body,” says Raelene Collins, a Kuku Yalanji and Garawirrta woman, who completed a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin in 2019. “I also got to deliver health messages to remote and rural communities and local schools. It was an amazing experience.”
Raelene’s commitment to her traineeship saw her take out the gong for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.
Nearly 2000 people sign up for a health-related traineeship each year. You could start your career as a dental, nursing or pharmacy assistant, or collect pathology samples. If you’re in Victoria, once you’ve completed a Diploma of Nursing you can go on to become an enrolled nurse through a traineeship, too.
Beyond the hospital there other opportunities in fields like disability and aged care as well. Considering that over the past five years, employment in the health sector has increased by almost 20% there’s five times more chances of nabbing a cool career in health.
Raelene’s study and career pathway
- Laboratory Skills Traineeship, Menzies School of Health Research
- Laboratory Technician, Menzies School of Health Research
- Bachelor of Nursing, Charles Darwin University
This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Apprenticeships & Traineeships 2021 – the flip cover to Careers with STEM: Engineering 2021.
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